Google Play for iOS

iOS users now have another option for movies and TV shows. Google Play is now available for your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

With iTunes, Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon and other content providers in the fold, Apple’s iOS mobile operating system has a lot of content. Google Play for iOS adds even more options and is a great addition for iOS users who have adopted Chromecast. This move demonstrates Google’s commitment to provide apps and content for Apple devices. With hundreds of millions of users, iOS is a market that can’t be ignored.

Google Play iOS App

The Google Play iOS app is currently available in both iPad and iPhone/iPod Touch versions. The app allows users to play movies and TV shows purchased or rented from Google Play.

Much of the tech press claims that Google Play for iOS does not support AirPlay. It is possible to use AirPlay Mirroring with Google Play, however, the quality leaves much to be desired. If you want to beam Google Play content onto your TV, consider purchasing the Chromecast device.

turn on AirPlay screen mirroring

How to Buy Movies and TV Shows

Google Play for iOS does not allow in-app content purchases. This minor obstacle is easily overcome. Simply go to the Google Play website to purchase content. Once the transaction is complete, your movie or TV show will appear in the Google Play app. Users can purchase content on their iOS device using Safari, Chrome, or any web browser.

purchase movies and TV shows from the Google Play website

Why Use Google Play?

iOS users may wonder why they would use Google Play instead of iTunes. Google Play often has better prices. Many of their movie rentals are $1 less than iTunes. For example, a new release like Captain Phillips costs $4.99 to rent on iTunes. Google Play offers the same movie for only $3.99. That’s a compelling reason to use Google Play. The savings may justify purchasing a $35 Chromecast streaming device.

Google Play also offers free episodes of TV shows. Users are required to create a Google Wallet account in order to download free episodes, however, no charges are applied. This is a great way to test-drive Google Play for iOS. Look for free episodes at the bottom of the Google Play Movies and TV shows page.

Limitations

The Google Play app for iOS was just released, so there are a few limitations. It doesn’t have built-in support for AirPlay. AirPlay Mirroring will work, but offers poor video quality.

Users wishing to watch Google Play on the big screen can purchase a Chromecast streaming device. Chromecast is a small profile device that plugs directly into the HDMI port of any flat screen TV. Once installed, users can stream video from an iOS device using Chromecast. Chromecast works with a variety of other devices, including Android mobile devices, Macs and Windows PCs.

Google’s video streaming technology also supports Netflix, YouTube, HBO GO, Hulu Plus and Pandora, in addition to Google Play. Chromecast is a great alternative for those who just want a basic streaming device. Keep in mind, Chromecast is not a standalone device, but requires a mobile device or computer to act as a controller. Think of it as an audio/visual receiver.

The Google Play app doesn’t support in-app content purchases. As mentioned, this isn’t much of an inconvenience. Simply point your browser to Google Play to make a purchase.

Google Play only supports streaming over WiFi networks. Users with very slow Internet connections may find this inconvenient. Most people have Internet connection speeds that support Google Play streaming. The ability to download content would also make it possible to enjoy content offline, when an Internet connection is not available. Hopefully, Google will address this in an update.

Overall, for a new release, Google Play for iOS offers a convenient way to enjoy movies and TV shows on your iOS device. Google Play’s content often costs less than iTunes and offers a huge selection of movies and TV shows. For those who like to read, check out the Google Play Books app for iOS.

UPDATES:

 

    • AirPlay is now supported on the Google Play iOS app. Now you can stream HD video to your Apple TV using the Google Play app.

 

  • Google Play for iOS now supports downloads. Simply tap the download icon on a movie or TV show and the video will begin downloading. Once saved to your device, the video can be viewed offline.

 

47 comments

  1. Is it possible to download google play store app on iPhone Apple if so how do I do it cox I want to download light reader but they say that I have to download google play store first then look for light reader

  2. I have a google play balance to pay for stuff on my games. Is there a way to still do that on an iPhone 10XR? I can’t find the google play app for my iPhone so, therefore my money is just sitting there and I need to use it!!

  3. Is it possible to run Android apps on my iPad? Not sure what jailbreaking is, but I frankly I’m trying to figure out how to download an app called “pathfinder 2E8, character builder”. This is an Android only app atm, just trying to find a way around this before having to purchase a tablet

    1. Yes, but you’d have to install Android on the iPad, which removes iOS. There are ways to install Android on Apple devices. I can’t provide specifics. It’s not something I’ve ever wanted or needed to do. Just Google “install Android on iPad” and you should be fine. Maybe use iPhone instead of iPad, because the process should be pretty much the same… Tech writers tend to focus on the iPhone more than the iPad, for SEO reasons.

  4. I have looked up Trying to put the app store on my iPhone 8 plus and can not accomplish this. I was allowed to install one app by visiting the app store but, I can not get anymore apps? Is there any way that I can accomplish this task?
    Michael!

    1. Yes, you can. I still have my old iPhone 4. I checked out the App Store, and it shows that the Google Play app requires iOS 8. The iPhone 4 can only run iOS 7. I tapped the download button, and the App Store displayed a message that iOS 8 is required for the latest version of Google Play, but it could install a previous version.

      I haven’t checked if the iOS 7-compatible Google Play app actually works. It’s possible, but it may also just pop up an error when you try to connect. It’s worth a shot.

      Sorry, I couldn’t try it, because my Internet connection is dead slow. It would have taken me an hour or so to download the app. That’s one of many reasons why I am moving out of the SF Bay Area.

    1. Yes. Google Play works on virtually all platforms. Anything you buy on Google Play — movies, TV shows, music — will work on any device. You own it! All you need to do is sign in to the Google Play store using the same ID as you used on your Samsung device.

    1. Unfortunately, no. iOS users can only purchase, rent and download content such as music, movies and TV shows throught Google Play. Apps can only be purchased through Apple’s App Store.

      You can also use Google Play Music instead of Apple Music. I do. I find that Google Play Music is more reliable, has more of the music I like and sounds better than Apple Music.

      Google Play Music is its own app, which you can download from the App Store.

        1. That cannot be done. Google Play sells Android apps and the iPad runs iPadOS. Videos and music are platform independent. Games are native apps that run within an operating system.

          Google tried to get Stadia in the App Store, but Apple rejected it, because it’s an app market within an app. They don’t let third parties sell without taking a cut. Nice try, Google!

          My advice —- get an Android tablet if you want to play Android games. The Apple ecosystem doesn’t offer cloud-based gaming like Stadia or Microsoft’s upcoming xCloud. These are high end games, well beyond the processing power of a tablet or phone. They can be played on a tablet or phone, because a server is doing the processing in the cloud.

          It’s sad to see this day has come, but Android now has superior gaming to iOS and iPadOS. Well done, Apple! All for the sake of control… Steve Jobs was a blessing and a curse.

    1. In a broad sense, yes. It’s possible to run Android on an iPhone. Basically, you install Android on an iPhone. This may make sense if you like Apple’s hardware but don’t like iOS. You can also look for the analogue of the Android app. Most developers make an Android and iOS version of their app, so just go for the iOS version of any Android app you like, if it is available. Apple does tend to reject more apps than the Android app stores, but jailbreaking may make some of them available through Cydia or other third-party app markets.

      If you are running iOS on an iPhone, you cannot install an APK on it. The more literal answer to your question is — no.

      1. Is it possible to run Android apps on my iPad? Not sure what jailbreaking is, but I frankly I’m trying to figure out how to download an app called “pathfinder 2E8, character builder”. This is an Android only app atm, just trying to find a way around this before having to purchase a tablet.

        Thanks

      1. Hallo, I want to get the Google Play app, I cannot find it in the App Store and I reckon it isn’t there. Can I download the Google Play Store app from anywhere else?

          1. I’m in the US. There isn’t an app available for this, unless it’s named differently now. But searching for Google Play for iOS isn’t coming up with anything but Google’s app for music, books, and movies. Not the store to get my apps.

          2. Right, because Google is circumventing Apple’s share of the revenues. You have to go on the web to make a purchase. You can access the purchase using the iOS app.

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